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Lady Washington’s Reception Engraving

[MARTHA WASHINGTON], “Lady Washington’s Reception./ From the original Picture in the possession of A. T. Stewart, Esq.” Engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie, after a painting by Daniel Huntington. New York, Emil Seitz, 1865. 37 x 25 in.

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Item #23068, $5,500

A Front Page Printing of Washington’s
Second State-of-the-Union Address

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Columbian Centinel, Boston, Mass., December 22, 1790. 4 pp., disbound.

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Item #30001.22, $1,450

Congress Votes to Erect a Lighthouse on Montauk Point; and a Section of Alexander Hamilton’s Seminal Report on Manufactures Regarding Cotton

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. The United States Chronicle: Political, Commercial, and Historical. Providence, R.I., May 10, 1792. 4 pp., 11 x 17 in.

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The second U.S. Congress votes to fund building a lighthouse on Montauk Point, the easternmost point on Long Island, as an aid to navigation, on the front page.

Item #22937, $3,500

President Washington Signs a Land Patent
for “The Hero of Saratoga,” Conway Cabal Plotter
Major General Horatio Gates

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Document Signed as President, Philadelphia, Pa., September 17, 1796. Countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering; with September 15, 1796 Endorsement Signed by Secretary of War James McHenry on verso. Engraved broadside on vellum, being a patent for Virginia Line land awarded to Major General Horatio Gates. With embossed paper seal of the United States. 14¾ in. x 12⅜ in.

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Gates is rewarded for his military service, the highlight of which was his leading America's Northern Army to defeat British general John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga in October, 1777. The victory turned the Revolutionary War in favor of the Americans, and convinced France to enter the war on the side of the United States.

Signed by the president during the last full year of his second term in office, this land patent brings Washington together with one of his most famous Revolutionary War rivals. Washington, who believed Gates had plotted to usurp his command as part of the 1777-1778 Conway Cabal, later characterized the general as having “an air of design, a want of candor…and even of politeness,” complaining that “this Gentleman does not scruple to take the most unfair advantages of me.”[1]

Item #23197, $35,000

Rhode Island Printing of George Washington’s Will -
Freeing His Slaves Upon the Death of Martha

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Pair of Newspapers. “Interesting Extracts from the WILL of Gen. George Washington,” United States Chronicle, Providence, R.I., February 20 and 27, 1800. Each 4 pp. Washington’s will begins on p. 2 of the February 20 issue and concludes on p. 1 of the February 27 issue.

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Item #22858, $1,250

13 pamphlets on George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, New York History, etc., Collected by Grant’s Secretary of State Hamilton Fish

[HAMILTON FISH], Signed Book, 13 separately printed pamphlets bound together, dates ranging from 1799 – 1828, Approx. 423 pp. Handwritten table of contents glued in, signed by Fish on free front endpaper and in 2 other places.

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Item #22157, $3,400

Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Proclamation

[GEORGE WASHGINGTON], Newspaper. The New York Journal & Patriotic Register, New York, N.Y., September 29, 1792. Signed in type by both Geo. Washington and Th. Jefferson. 4 pp., disbound.

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Item #22707, $900

Washington Discharges a Private After
Six Years of Faithful Service

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Partially Printed Document Signed. Also signed by John Trumbull, Jr., John Wendell, and Cornelius Van Dyke. [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 8, 1783. 1 p., 7½ x 11¾ in.

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“The above Joseph Sheldon private has been honored with the Badge of Merit for Six Years faithful Service...”

Joseph Sheldon receives an honorable discharge and the Badge of Merit, an award created by Washington intended for enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.

Item #23096, ON HOLD

One Day Before Marching to Yorktown,
Washington Adds Troops in Virginia

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Letter Signed, to George Weedon. “Head Quarters” [Williamsburg, Va.], September 27, 1781. 1 p., 11½ x 7½ in. Text in David Humphreys’s hand. Washington’s signature is fine, but the text of the letter is significantly faded and priced accordingly.

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After the Comte de Grasse’s fleet arrives in Virginia, Washington requests troops to aid the combined militia and French force during the Siege of Yorktown. Washington and Virginia militia Brigadier General George Weedon had been corresponding for several weeks regarding the arrival of the Duc de Lauzun’s legion in Virginia, and Washington’s concerns that Weedon pay the Frenchman the respect appropriate to his rank.

Item #22783.01, $16,000

A Week Before Yorktown, Washington Builds Up the Virginia Militia and Reminds Its Commander to Mind His Manners

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Letter Signed, to George Weedon. Williamsburg, Va., September 23, 1781. 2 pp., 6 3/8 x 8 1/8 in. In John Trumbull’s hand.

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Washington orders Virginia militia Brigadier General George Weedon to monitor the British and despite lacking supplies, prevent them from foraging the countryside when possible. The Commander in Chief then informs Weedon that French reinforcements are due to arrive and to show their commander the respect he deserves.

Item #22782.01, $40,000

George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Autograph Letter Signed, to Major James McHenry, Newburgh, NY, August 15, 1782.

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“…in March last, I committed a matter to your care of which you took no notice till July…. Do not my dear Doctor tease your Mistress in this manner ”

In this highly personal letter, Washington offers a glimpse of the man behind the otherwise stolid image. After victory at Yorktown, Americans were awaiting news of a final peace treaty from Paris. Washington remained head of the Continental Army, and warily watched British General Sir Henry Clinton’s army in New York City. For all its friendly tone and nebulous phrases, Washington and McHenry are actually discussing the very serious business of funding and maintaining troop levels to discourage future British actions.

Item #20987.99, $98,000

Washington Crossing the Delaware (SOLD)

[EMANUEL GOTTLIEB LEUTZE], Engraving. Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Paul Girardet after Leutze’s painting. New York, N.Y., Goupil & Co., 1853. Mezzotint and line engraving on India paper, mounted as issued to a larger sheet of engraving paper, printed caption, “Subscriber’s copy,” numbered “50.” 38¼ x 22¼ in., framed 51 x 38½ in.

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Item #21086, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Open Rebellion:
Town Meeting Defying the Tyranny of the Intolerable Acts

NATHANIEL S. PRENTICE, Autograph Document Signed. Grafton, Mass. September 5, 1774. 4 pp. 8¼ x 13¼ in.

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“Resolved that it is the Indispensable duty of the Inhabitants of this County … to prevent the sitting of the Respective court…the Inhabitants of this County will attend in person the next inferior court of common pleas and general session…properly Armed to repel any hostile force which may be employed…”

This document embodies one of the first instances of open rebellion against the Crown, and records a critical step in the formation of an independent government. Parts of it are written and signed by Major Nathaniel Sartell Prentice, who fought at the Battle of Lexington, less than a year later.

The manuscript starts with a copy of resolves issued on August 31, 1774, in response to one of the Intolerable Acts, by a convention of the Worcester County Committees of Correspondence. The Intolerable Act barred the commonwealth from holding town meetings. Delegates conclude that the act rendered the royal charter “null and void,” and they resolve that the various towns should take over the function of the British-run court system. They ask citizens to select their own town officials, choose representatives for a Provincial Convention, and take action to prevent the courts from sitting under the new system. One resolve specifies that citizens attend the upcoming court session “properly Armed to repel any hostile force” sent by the governor, and another votes to send “Letters by Post to other Committees” should an invasion appear imminent.

Item #20993.06, $12,000

Quartermaster’s Accounts, 1781

[NICHOLAS QUACKENBUSH], Manuscript Document consisting of four string-bound double folio (36 x 26 in.) sheets folded to folio size, 6 pp. filled in, Albany, March to May 1781 document in great detail “Articles delivered.”

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A fascinating set of ledger sheets retained by Nicholas Quackenbush. They note the date, the voucher number, “To Whom Delivered” and “By whose order” and then provide a long set of columns to account for almost every conceivable article, ranging from horses to pikes, a wide variety of tools, all types of lumber, as well as foodstuffs.

Item #21007.09, $3,500

New York Revolutionary War Muster Roll
with Reference to Valley Forge

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Manuscript Document. Return of 1st Massachusetts Regiment of foot Commanded by Col.o John Bailey. “Camp Crotens Bridge” [N.Y.], July 18, 1778. 2 pp., 12 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.

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Item #20632.37, $1,750

Banned in Boston: Barring the Return of Tories
“Declared Traitors to Their Country”

[SAMUEL ADAMS], Manuscript Document. Resolve by the Town of Boston, bearing a clerical copy of the signature of William Cooper, Town Clerk. Boston, Mass., April 10, 1783. Followed by: NATHANIEL BARBER. Letter Signed, to “the Committee of Correspondence &c or the Selectmen of the Town or plantation of [blank] to be Communicated to the Town or Plantation.” Boston, Mass., April 17, 1783. 3 pp., 8¼ x 12¾ in.

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“after So wicked a Conspiracy…by certain Ingrates…declared Traitors to their Country it is the Opinion of this Town that they ought never to be Suffered to return.”

This document links two Boston patriots, Samuel Adams and Nathaniel Barber, over a contentious issue at war’s end – what to do with the Loyalists? The two-part manuscript comprises a 1783 Town of Boston resolve and a corresponding cover letter from the Boston Committee of Correspondence. The letter is signed by chairman Nathaniel Barber, a participant in the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston town resolve was created by a committee of three: Samuel Adams, James Otis, and Joseph Greenleaf. Though their names do not appear in the text, Adams biographers specifically credit him as the author. With the Revolutionary War over, and the definitive Treaty of Peace under final negotiation, Adams was lobbying hard against the return of unrepentant Tories. They were a threat to national security: “The British King cannot have more Subservient Tools and Emissaries amongst us for the purpose of Sowing the Seeds of Dissention in this infant Nation….” Barber’s accompanying letter echoes that sentiment.

The texts of both documents were subsequently printed as a two-leaved broadside and sent to towns throughout the state. It was also printed in newspapers in other states, who saw it as a model for their own consideration of Tory property issues.

This draft version was preserved in the papers of Luke Drury of Grafton. Ironically, Drury, a former captain of Minutemen would be imprisoned four years later during a home-grown Massachusetts conspiracy – Shays’ Rebellion.

Item #20638, $10,000

Jefferys’s 1776 American Atlas: The Best of the Century

THOMAS JEFFERYS, Atlas. The American Atlas; or, a Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America; Wherein are Delineated at Large its Several Regions, Countries, States, and Islands; and Chiefly the British Colonies.... London: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, 1776. 22 engraved maps, on 29 sheets, all with original outline color, expertly bound to style in 18th-century diced Russian gilt leather. A very fine and complete copy. The book with maps folded, 15¾ x 22¼ in.

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Item #20862.99, $160,000

1776 “Holster Atlas” -
Used by British Officers in the Revolution

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR] [ROBERT SAYER AND JOHN BENNETT], The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, Both General and Particular, of the British Colonies; Especially Those Which Now Are, or Probably May Be the Theatre of War…. London, [1776].

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This atlas, designed for British officers to use in the field, includes the “maps that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form” (Schwartz & Ehrenberg).  The publishers claimed that their work would fit into an officer’s pocket, but it was more often carried in a holster. The present copy was bound in a more easily managed size with the maps cut, mounted on linen, and folded into a quarto-sized binding.

Item #20869.99, $29,000

George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Proclamation
of Sept. 25, 1794: Front-page Connecticut Newspaper Printing

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. The Norwich Packet, October 9, 1794. Norwich, Conn., John Trumbull. 4 pp.

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Washington calls on the militias of other states to help put down the uprising in Western Pennsylvania that continued despite conciliatory efforts by the government.  Washington assures the nation that “a small proportion of the United States shall [not] dictate to the whole union, and at the expense of those, who desire peace, indulge a desperate ambition….  I do moreover exhort all individuals, officers, and bodies of men, to contemplate with abhorrence the measures leading directly or indirectly to those crimes, which produce this resort to military coercion : to check, in their respective spheres, the efforts of misguided or designing men to substitute their misrepresentation in the place of truth and their discontents in the place of stable government…”

Item #20650.06, $2,000

George Washington Proclamation Granting Pardon to Deserters, Thomas Paine's History of the War Noting His Service in the Army and His Writing of the Crisis, Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec (SOLD)

[THOMAS PAINE], The Pennsylvania Packet, March 20, 1779.

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Item #21556.03, SOLD — please inquire about other items
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